Resist the incoming regime by calling Senator McCain.
Call, don’t write, the legislative offices of moderate Republicans who believe in the Constitution and its protections and who are in a position to resist the regime. A former Congressional staffer explains why to call rather than to write here. I called Senator McCain’s DC office yesterday and spoke with a nice young staffer. I explained that I have always thought of Senator McCain as a very principled man, and I requested that he stand up in the Senate for the Bill of Rights and its protections, rather than de facto siding with the new regime. Whatever you may think of the Senator you call, be polite, and ask for something they might grant, like protecting our rights and the rights of all citizens. McCain’s DC office number is (202) 224-2235. When prompted by the menu, choose to talk to a staffer. Don’t leave a message. Be polite. Call Senator McCain today. Call volume matters. His office needs to be flooded with calls from reasonable Americans. Only Republicans may be able to save us from the excesses of the new regime. The moderate ones will need to draw a line in the sand. Encourage them. My call took 5 minutes, the staffer listened, and it felt like constructive action. But it will only really be constructive if his office is flooded with calls.
I will identify other moderate Republicans that we can call in the future.
Resist the incoming regime by breaking up with your big, corporate bank. Big banks hate regulations that keep the little guy safe. You know who is going to eradicate the regulations that prevent your bank from gambling with your savings? The regime is. Plus, your bank might already have taken advantage of you, like Wells Fargo has, by scamming its own customers for millions! Join a local credit union.
Your local credit union is a great deal! You are probably eligible to join one credit union or another based on who your employer is or on where you live. Credit unions are not trying to produce profits, like corporate banks are, and are owned by their members. So, they keep fees really low. For example, if you overdraw your checking account at a big corporate bank and they have to draw from your savings to cover the overdraft, they’ll charge you a fee typically between $35 and $50. That’s a ton! At my credit union, the same fee is 50 cents. 1/70th of what most other banks charge. And pretty much everything else is that good of a deal too. My credit union is super convenient and offers tons of perks, like non ATM fees ever, a minimum deposit of only $25, and tons of help with car and home loans, at competitive rates.
If you already belong to a credit union, try to convince one of your friend to join one and ditch their plundering corporate bank.
Resist the incoming regime by spending money at local Mexican tiendas and other ethnic groceries such as Halal butchers, Asian family-run groceries, whatever local, ethnic stores are in your community. Doing so shows these communities that you–probably a white person, dear reader–support them, morally and financially. It’s also good to spend some money at these family run stores instead of big chain grocers, which don’t have your or the country’s best interests at heart. Those big grocers support harmful farming practices and whichever party is in power, which will soon be the regime.
In the area where I live there are lots of tiny tiendas run but Latino families and frequented almost exclusively by Latino customers. They stock basic grocery items, but they specialize in Mexican and Latin American ingredients. Tomorrow on my way home from work I will go to one, as I have a couple of times before, and buy tamale wrappers, and probably just some other stuff that I don’t usually see in my big, white person grocery store. I will especially try to buy anything that I might otherwise have purchased at a big chain grocer. It will be great, because it will encourage me to try some new things in my cooking. I will spend cash, so that not a penny from the transaction goes to credit card companies, and so that the tienda owners can even keep the transaction off the books if they so choose.
It’ll also be a little awkward though, because as a non-Spanish speaking white person, I’ll be a bit of an interloper, sort of stumbling into a zone where Latinos can usually relax a little, unpestered by white folk. But I’ll smile, be as kind as I possibly can be, and I’ll spend money in order to start sending the message that I welcome our immigrant communities, just as my family was welcomed here a mere two generations ago, and to signal that I want our Latino community to feel empowered in these dark times.
As the photo says, I would rather die standing than live on my knees. Take small, daily actions to stay on your feet.